This whole ’sustainable’ thing gradually seeps into the rest of your life. Once you delve into one area, you can’t seem to stop. You start to question everything: Why is there plastic packaging there? Where does it end up? Can I find a way to go without? Every product you put in and on your body undergoes scrutiny. If I were a scientist, I would riff off a list of facts and figures, dates and times and horror story percentages. Instead, I use words and appealing imagery – an online scrapbook.
Have you ever thought that plastic LASTS FOREVER? As dumb as it sounds, the concept never truly hit me until listening to Clare Press’ podcast episode with Jennifer Lavers, a scientist working with seabirds. Plastic was made to last. It will never leave this planet, only be broken down into smaller and smaller pieces as it continues to wreak havoc on the environment. My face and gut after hearing that fact were in turmoil.
While I’m not an expert, I’ve taken note of easy and non-intrusive changes that can be made to have a huge impact on our amount of waste and effect on the planet. These are the simple things I’ve done / am doing. They may not be backed by research necessarily (or could be, but I’d only get a few words into the paper before giving up), but I at least know Leo de Caprio agrees on a few, and you can’t not trust a face that beautiful.
- Get on the keep cup bandwagon – because it isn’t a bandwagon, it’s actually a life saver (if not for you, then for a friendly little penguin). I’m a Joco Cup lover forever. Just pop it in your handbag or leave it on your desk at work, it’s not that hard.
- Move past your mooncup fears. I’ve definitely waxed lyrical on this now (read more here and here), but it’s not that scary and no less mortifying than the general sanitary product.
- Eat less meat. Meat-free Mondays are a taste adventure. And if you’re exhausted trying to find a decent recipe, hit me up – my endless supply needs some new homes.
- Buy better. Shitty fabrics lead to shitty wear which leads to actual shit in a bin. Investing in pieces that are beautiful, well-made and care about people and the planet are always worth it. With all that cash you are saving on tampons, you’ll be able to purchase a Une Heures knit in no time.
- Use a bamboo toothbrush. My insides cry when I picture the mass of toothbrushes that end up in the ocean. Buy bamboo, feed it to the worms, pop it in the compost, find a friend who has either of the above. Just heaecod to an organic produce / health food store.
- Quit tossing out your fridge contents. At times, food waste bothers me even more than the rest. We can be so greedy and thoughtless with our purchases and cooking. If your veggie is starting to wilt, cook it: the soup doesn’t know that. Stock your freezer with all that you can and make the most out of it.
There’s more where that came from but, for now, baby steps. Even the slightest change can make the biggest difference.
(Image via here)